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Oct
24

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 24

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 24 Day 24: What does your protagonist fear most and why? Your Protagonist. Considered a certain way, the flip side of desire is fear: it’s what we don’t want to have happen. As we get closer to Halloween, let the spookiness of the season inspire you to give your character unique but believable fears. What sort of fears does the protagonist harbor? What prompted these fears in the first place? Are they rational or irrational? Will the protagonist have to face any of them over the course of the story? How might they overcome their fears? Action Plan: Write...
Oct
22

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 22

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 22 Day 22: What kinds of people or things might get in the way of your protagonist achieving their goals? Your Protagonist. Besides the antagonist, there are many other external issues that could hinder the protagonist’s journey to realizing their desires. Who are the protagonist’s rivals, foils, or ex-lovers? What sort of institutions or factions stand in the way of the protagonist achieving their goal? What do they stand for and how is their skin in the game? What about the setting itself: the weather, the landscape, monsters, or the gods? Why are these...
Oct
20

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 20

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 20 Day 20: What character traits or flaws will get in the way of your protagonist achieving their goals? Your Protagonist. We’ve gone over your character’s strengths, but what sorts of characteristics are actively or passively sabotaging their efforts? Consider also at this stage the ratio of strengths to weaknesses at the outset of the novel vs. halfway through or at the end. Such weaknesses are often defining characteristics that make the character who they are and sympathetic to the audience. To brainstorm ways to make your protagonist relatable, ask...
Oct
18

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 18

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 18 Day 18: What kinds of people or things might help your protagonist achieve their goals? Your Protagonist. You’ve looked at the internal traits the character brings with them to the crisis at hand, but what do you they have externally to draw upon for support? Who are your protagonist’s allies, their sidekicks, their fairy godparents? What sorts of factions, resources, or magic items do they have to bring to bear against the things standing in their way? What do they start out with, and what will they need to earn along the way in order to go the distance and...
Oct
5

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 5

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 5 Day 5: Who is your protagonist? Your Protagonist. While you were coming up your premise, theme, and genre, it’s likely you started to think about the main character in your story, your protagonist. If you’re not sure who it should be yet, ask yourself what kind of person would be the most affected or changed by the idea at the heart of your premise. Who would you play as if you were going to play through your premise in a role-playing game or video game? Are they an underdog, a super hero, or an average Jane? What kind of personality would they have? What...

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